Pick n Pay has announced that it is to shed 3,500 jobs in the Western Cape. Its announcement was met this week by condemnation from the union at the frontline, SACCAWU as well as COSATU and SAFTU.
The proposal to amend a bill that could allow for the selling of alcohol on school premises, has not been welcomed by many in the Western Cape Province. This is after the provincial Department of Education proposed this bill as a means of raising funds for schools. Elitsha asked some of the different parties for their views on the matter.
We want to professionalise the union”, said Vavi. According to him, 52% of the cases that are taken to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) are won by the employers. “You get chairpersons who were never trained on their duties and because of this, they surround themselves with corrupt organisers. When they go to meetings they don’t even have a pen or notebook so that they report back to the workers.”
“I have lost goods worth almost R45,000 and I do not know how I will restart. I am running out of ideas. This is the third time my container was looted and burnt. When I noted my container was on fire I rushed to take out some goods but while I shoved the goods out some were busy looting so I ended up leaving everything to burn”
Moeletsi Mbeki has predicted that the African National Congress will, as part of a strategy to reverse the party’s dismal performance in the metros in the local government elections, strengthen the power of chiefs over their subjects in rural areas. Mbeki was delivering a lecture on race, class and the making of modern South Africa at Tshisimani Centre in Cape Town recently.
Another land activist and leader of the group of backyarders from Town 2 who are occupying land next to Khayelitsha Magistrate court has been killed. Philela Gilwa, 23 was stabbed in Khayelitsha on Saturday night.
The Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Forum (MPCF), an NGO working towards an end to the rape and killing of women and children, and some members of the community have vowed to oppose bail in the rape case of a 19-year-old woman from Tafelsig.
In the space of just 4 weeks, another community leader and housing activist has been killed and this time at the hands of the South African Police’s Public Order Policing. Songezo Ndude died at Groote Schuur Hospital after he was hit by rubber bullets during a housing protest in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.